Images of updated Omnia 7 surface, may be coming to US

Samsung’s Omnia 7 is certainly one of the more appealing handsets available on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform, with many professional and user reviews giving it a well-earned rating of 80-90%. Its beautiful 4” Super AMOLED display, attractive design and surprisingly good camera have won over many buyers, although so far it’s only been made available in a handful of markets.

With Windows Phone 7.5 – also known as Mango – bringing in a new wave of devices, there’s plenty of interest in what new hardware Samsung might introduce to coincide with the OS update. There have been rumours of a form factor including a hardware QWERTY keyboard – possibly BlackBerry-style, or even a vertical slider similar to Dell’s Venue Pro. An AT&T roadmap uncovered a couple of weeks ago also hinted at another device, the SGH-i937, which could be the same one briefly flashed at a Microsoft event in July, which itself fuelled rumours of a Galaxy S II powered by Windows Phone.

Now, PhoneArena.com has discovered another device, the SGH-i708, making its way through the FCC, suggesting that it may well be on its way to the US, perhaps as a Mango-powered replacement for the well-received Samsung Focus. It’s a dual-mode CDMA/GSM device, which means it could make its way to CDMA networks such as Verizon and Sprint.

The SGH-i708 is virtually identical to the Omnia 7 (which has the Samsung product number GT-i8700), although there are a couple of key differences. First up, the i708 sports a forward-facing camera, a feature which the Omnia 7 lacks. Additionally, the left side of the i708 features a new hardware button which is missing from its predecessor, although it’s not clear what purpose this button serves.

Visually, everything else about the device appears to be the same as the Omnia 7, right down to the position of the other buttons, rear camera and Samsung/Windows Phone logos. The i708 does get a welcome battery boost though, with a 2000mAh battery, versus the Omnia 7’s 1500mAh version.

More detailed specs aren’t yet available, and of course there’s no hint of when it might go on sale, but with the first Windows Phone 7.5 handset, the Fujitsu-Toshiba IS12T, already on sale in Japan, and HTC’s new Radar and TITAN Mango-powered devices going on sale next month, there shouldn’t be too much longer to wait.

Image source: FCC via PhoneArena.com

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Whichever ODM offer a Mango set that allows for User-expandable storage will win my dollars.

I love (Super)AMOLED(+) technology, but I will forgo that for more than 8GB of internal storage.

Other than the GSII, to me Samsung just doesn't make good looking devices. They look blocky, like Motorola's X series. And teh bigger they get the uglier. Why not add some class to the look like HTC is doing. Their devices look so good, even the big ones.

Stop mimicing iPhone, and Motorola's phones and make something unique. if you can't, hire me...I know how to design a bit better.

TechieXP said,
Other than the GSII, to me Samsung just doesn't make good looking devices. They look blocky, like Motorola's X series. And teh bigger they get the uglier. Why not add some class to the look like HTC is doing. Their devices look so good, even the big ones.

Stop mimicing iPhone, and Motorola's phones and make something unique. if you can't, hire me...I know how to design a bit better.

Couldn't disagree more.

TechieXP said,
Other than the GSII, to me Samsung just doesn't make good looking devices. They look blocky, like Motorola's X series. And teh bigger they get the uglier. Why not add some class to the look like HTC is doing. Their devices look so good, even the big ones.

Stop mimicing iPhone, and Motorola's phones and make something unique. if you can't, hire me...I know how to design a bit better.

I feel the opposite of you. I think the Omnia 7 is the only WP7 phone that fits with the Metro aesthetic. It's the true hardware successor to the ZuneHD (one of the best looking hardware designs in recent memory). The curvy, multicolor, wavy designs HTC employs don't seem to fit in with Metro at all.

Is there a picture of the WP7 Galaxy S II floating around? Or is there any "sauce" saying that there will indeed be a Galaxy S II running WP7 in the near future?

Quite right - I should have checked this on the back of my Omnia 7 box...! I've amended this in the article now - thanks for pointing this out.

I honestly can't think of anything that other button could be used for >.<
Only reasonable thing would be shortcut to multitasking or some Samsung specific application.

It does seem to standout though, and it's far more pronounced than the rest of the buttons, and looks like it's got a glossy finish too. Must be something important then...

Judging by the internal FFC photographs (honestly, do they hire an intern to take these things, they're terrible quality!), it looks like it's a toggle switch of some kind.

Orientation lock? (Sounds too boring to be that)

EDIT: It IS a toggle switch. It's got an icon either side of it, and room to slide up and down. Can't make out what they are though.

~Johnny said,
I honestly can't think of anything that other button could be used for >.<
Only reasonable thing would be shortcut to multitasking or some Samsung specific application.

It does seem to standout though, and it's far more pronounced than the rest of the buttons, and looks like it's got a glossy finish too. Must be something important then...


My guess is that it toggles Wifi on and off.

cleverclogs said,
Possible I wonder, to get a 2000 mAh battery for the Omnia!?

By the looks of it, the battery has a model number that exact same as the Omnia 7's 1500mAh battery - so not likely unfortunately. I also don't think we've ever seen a legit 2000mAh battery that small or thin on a mobile phone before either.

IMO any WP7 running with an AMOLED screen and the metro UI is bloody sexy...

My household has a HD7, Trophy and Omnia7... And the screen on the Omnia is just amazing...

brent3000 said,
IMO any WP7 running with an AMOLED screen and the metro UI is bloody sexy...

My household has a HD7, Trophy and Omnia7... And the screen on the Omnia is just amazing...

While it looks nice, it kind of sucks that you can't take advantage of the light theme. I really like the look of the light theme better, but using 3x more battery is too big a hit to take for improved aesthetics.